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  • Summary: The Simpsons Game features a hilarious, sprawling, and mind-busting storyline crafted by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers. The action-comedy also features the full cast of voice actors from the TV show who reprise their roles for the game. In The Simpsons Game, Homer, Marge, Bart,The Simpsons Game features a hilarious, sprawling, and mind-busting storyline crafted by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers. The action-comedy also features the full cast of voice actors from the TV show who reprise their roles for the game. In The Simpsons Game, Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa use exciting, all-new powers to save the world from rising chaos. To help the Simpsons, gamers at home must journey through all of Springfield (as well as vast worlds beyond!), vanquish an amazing array of villains, and fight their way through parodies of popular games. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. The Simpsons Game for the DS may not be innovative nor appealing to worldwide mainstream audiences - you really do need to be a fan of the show to appreciate what’s been done here – but it’s a highly creative production nonetheless.
  2. The Simpsons Game for the DS might not look quite as visually impressive as its counterparts on the bigger consoles, but it offers many hours of fun, and - as already mentioned - is worth buying simply for the lovingly crafted Simpsons cut-scenes.
  3. 77
    Though much of what makes it good has been lifted from the console renditions (script, level ideas, voice-over), the DS developers give the handheld gamers a unique gameplay experience.
  4. Very colorful and detailed levels plus very interesting cut scenes between levels.
  5. 65
    A classic example of style over substance.
  6. We loved the game's self referential tone at times, but calling itself out on its own tired shortcomings can't really save the gameplay.
  7. Remove the excellent presentation and engaging audio, and you have a video game that is not fit for purpose.

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  1. ChrisW.
    Nov 5, 2007
    10
    Great classic platfomer, pet homer rocks.
  2. Feb 28, 2011
    10
    What A Great Game! This Game Is Full Of Fun & Adventure! You Can Choose Any Character In The Simpson Household... The Original Cast MembersWhat A Great Game! This Game Is Full Of Fun & Adventure! You Can Choose Any Character In The Simpson Household... The Original Cast Members From The Show Do All The Voices In This Game So It Feels Like You Are Actually Watching The Show On T.V.! Overall This Is A Great Game For Any Simpsons Fan! Expand
  3. Kisdon
    Jan 26, 2008
    9
    Very funny game, but too short!
  4. Feb 12, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So it's time for another terrible Simpsons game. But does it do better in the modern age compared to their 8-bit counterparts? This is my review of The Simpsons Game for the Nintendo DS. STORY: Prepare for ALOT of fourth-wall breaking. One day, the lovable Bart Simpson finds an instruction manual for this very game. The manual tells the Simpsons family how to use video game powers. Using these powers, they have to save the town from an alien invasion. The story may not be original, but using this story, the game sure is damn funny. (9) PRESENTATION: One of the problems with this game is that it doesn't know what kind of game it wants to be. It goes from platformer, to sidescroller, to pet sim. It just feels like a giant mess. That aside, this game is goddamn hilarious! The script is amazing. The game also uses 3D cutscenes. I'm not sure why though, but it looks nice for the DS. (7) GAMEPLAY: Surprisingly, the game actually controls pretty well! Each of the members of the Simpsons family has their own unique powers. Homer can float. Bart can glide. Lisa can move objects. And Marge can guide a mob to destroy things. It all blends together pretty well. (8) FINAL LEVEL (SPOILERS!): There is only one person left for the Simpsons to turn to, to save Springfield: God. So they head up to heaven. There, they find the angels of all of the enemies that they've fought throughout the game. So you have a mixed blend of enemies. In the level, there are four sections each using a different Simpson's powers. Overall, the level is pretty easy, that is, except for the final boss. The final boss is an ignorant God who is addicted to playing his DS. The battle would be easier if you didn't have random crap and enemies flying at you from every direction. When you beat God, he reveals that he's been addicted to a sim game. Then it shows Ralph playing the game on his Xbox 360. The little joke at the end is admittedly worth it, as stupid as that sounds. (7) COMPLETION BONUS: When you get the TONS of collectibles hidden in the game, you obtain many items to use in a sim called Pet Homer. Pet Homer is hilarious to play, but considering I had to beat the extremely hard Matt Groening's mansion THREE times, it's not that worth it. (6) Overall, The Simpson's Game isn't as fun as, say, Simpson's Hit and Run. But, if you're a Simpsons fan, I'd pick this up. Expand
  5. Wil
    Nov 5, 2007
    3
    Make no mistake, I'm a huge Simpsons fan, which in this case didn't help at all... Even Simpsons fan need not apply in this one. Make no mistake, I'm a huge Simpsons fan, which in this case didn't help at all... Even Simpsons fan need not apply in this one. Gameplay is like the day old simpsons game on my 80386 EGA monitor PC 15 years ago. The PS2 version is however quite cool. Expand